Eddie's "Laverne & Shirley" years. . .

Actor Eddie Mekka is best know as "Carmine Ragusa" from the hit ABC television comedy "Laverne & Shirley". The show was broadcast on ABC from January 1976 through May 1983. Laverne and Shirley, a spinoff of another ABC hit, Happy Days was a mid-season replacement and instant hit. Ranking number 3 in the Neilsen ratings for the 1975-1976 season.

On Happy Days Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney were two girls who were love interests for Richie Cunningham and Fonzie. Their occasional appearances led to their own series, which took place in the same city as Happy Days, Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the 1950's.

Others in the cast included, Laverne's gruff father, Frank De Fazio who ran the Pizza Bowl, where Laverne and Shirley worked on occasions and Edna Babish was the girls landlady who later married Frank.

 

Carmine 'The Big Ragu' Ragusa was a singer/dancer who had an on again off again romance with Shirley. The other two main characters of the series were the male counterparts of Laverne and Shirley. Lenny Kosnowski and Andrew 'Squiggy' Squiggman lived upstairs and worked at the brewery. They were constantly entering the girls apartment with an annoying "Hello".

Laverne and Shirley were lower class girls who shared an apartment and worked together at Shotz Brewery as bottlecappers. Laverne and Shirley were also quite different. Laverne was feisty, quick-tempered and manhungry while Shirley was more naive and trusting and quite inexperienced when it came to romance.

In 1980, the series changed scenery. The girls wanted something new so they decided to move to California. Lenny and Squiggy followed them along with Frank, Edna and Carmine. The girls wanted to get into movies while Frank and Edna opened a restaurant, Cowboy Bill's. New characters included, stuntman and apartment building manager, Sonny St. Jacques and neighbor and model, Rhonda Lee.

In 1982, Cindy Williams left the series as having married Walter Meany who was assigned overseas. Thus, leaving Laverne to be on her own. "